Islanders & NHL Playoff News: Roster turnover, Lightning roles

The Stanley Cup final … still hasn’t started. But the post-mortem and second-guessing of our rivals is well underway!

Below: Looking at the Isles roster, and basking in the delicious and petty joy of the Smurfs going down.

Islanders News

  • Break it down like Tom Petty: Who stays, who goes, who’s dangled in a “hockey trade” on the Islanders roster. [Athletic]
  • “If you told me someone’s playoff run rested on the health of Ryan Strome …” … “The Lightning took that heart and ate it in front of them.” Dan and Mike enjoy the delicious demise of the Rangers in different but complementary ways. [Islanders Anxiety podcast]
  • Speaking of which, old timers see similarities in the resilience and in-series adjustments of today’s Lightning and the 1980-84 Islanders. [Athletic]
  • And speaking of that: A tale of two 20-year-olds who decided to meet the Islanders at the airport upon their return from Vancouver with their third Stanley Cup in 1982. [Isles]
  • If all New York sports were treated as a collective the way Canadian media treat every Canada-based NHL teams’ Cup hopes as a single thing, then you could say the Tampa Bay Lightning are the biggest nemesis of all New York sports. (In reality, though, the Lightning this spring are heroes.) [Newsday]
  • Barry Trotz is in no rush to choose his destination, so a Winnipeg brewery is trying to sweeten the offer. [Post | TSN]

NHL News

  • Nikita Kucherov continues to be one clutch badass. [NHL]
  • Steven Stamkos is thriving in a different role with the Lightning. [TSN]
  • Gerard Gallant sort of kind of explains why he scratched Kaapo Kakko, but it’s not really informative and boy, it’s one of those moves people will bring up for a while. [Post]
  • How can the Rangers close the very large gap? MOAR bulk! [Post]
  • Stop me if you’ve heard this before: It’s a pivotal offseason for the Sabers, who have three first-round picks. [NHL]
  • In the women’s U-18, Canada beat the US for gold. [Sportsnet]
  • Old friend Mikko Koskinen did not wait long to say goodbye to the Oilers, signing a two-year deal with Lugano in Switzerland. I’m sure he’ll send Jim Matheson a postcard. [Copper n Blue | Sportsnet]
  • Jeremy Lauzon signs a four-year, $ 8 million extension with the Predators. [ESPN | On the Forecheck]
  • The top 10 right wings in this summer’s draft. [NHL]
  • The Oilers made big strides this year but will need more of their youth movement to bear fruit. [Copper n Blue]

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